As we wait for the first real snow fall in Chamonix it's nice to keep training and preparing for winter with hikes and climbs around the valley. I'm not quite ready for skiing yet, still working on strength training on my knee. It's getting close though... You can see more of Alan Pine's photos … Continue reading Autumn 2018
Ski touring in November is always a win. For us young ones, consistent skiing in November hasn't really been a feature in our winter seasons so anything we do ski is always a bonus. With no lifts running until December, we had no choice but to continue our fine November ski touring tradition involving cold, … Continue reading Bel Oiseau
With the ski season not officially open until mid-December here in Chamonix, everything is a bit.... slow. The ski lifts are closed and the high street is empty. The sun manages to get above the high peaks for just a few hours each day. Most restaurants are ferme until the crowds arrive. But I like … Continue reading North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse
Fergus and I headed into the Argentiere basin at a leisurely pace with no real plan and ended up on les Courtes' north east slope, an 800m long classic steep line that sits at just over 45°. After a bit of faff on my part at the bottom (I let my ski slip down … Continue reading Les Courtes: North east face
I went for a solo soul searching mission into the Argentiere basin and ended up on Col des Cristaux, the 'easiest' line on the north face of the basin. I'd been here before, last winter, and it was nice to give it a shot on my own (although there were a couple of other people … Continue reading Col des Cristaux
Well, not much to say really. Apart from it SNOWED a hell of a lot. Could this be the deepest day I've ever skied? It's definitely in the top 10. https://vimeo.com/207295893
A quick lap of the most challenging of the variations of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - Grand Envers du Plan. Fresh 30cm of snow on the first two pitches. Summer in the valley.
Björn, Martin and I drove through to Italy yesterday around midday. The idea was to go for a relaxed approach to Rifugio Elisabetta, stay overnight then aim for the much desired north east couloir (Bonatti) on Petite Mont Blanc the following morning. (Plan A) The Bonatti is a beautiful, 1000m long couloir on the Italian side … Continue reading Miage Glacier adventure